6 | Cactus in the Style of Napoleone Martinuzzi, Murano, 20th C.

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    • Green tinted bubble-glass, gold highlights
    • Italy, 20th century
    • In the style of Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) – Italian sculptor and artist
    • Ribbed, semicircular pot above torus-like foot
    • Outgrowing from this is a cactus with nine leaves
    • In reminiscence of Napoleone Martinuzzi’s ‘Pianta Grassa’, produced by Venini
    • Manufactured in Pulegoso-technique, fully formed
    • Height: 34.5 cm
    • Good condition
    • Expert estimate: € 1,200
    • This object is sold through the European office
    Object checked by Art Loss Register
  • Additional Information & Condition

    Additional Information & Condition

    The glass object is in a good condition with minor sings of age and wear. At the base, a chip can be seen. The height of the piece measures 34.5 cm.

    Glass from Murano
    Murano, a small group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, is known worldwide for its high quality glass products. Due to fire-prevention reasons, all glass kilns of Venice were moved to the island in 1295. Here the glassmakers experimented with Roman glass techniques and in the late 15th century a method for producing multi-colored, flower-like patterned glass was developed, the so-called Millefioriglass. Even more significant, however, was the development of crystal glass (cristallo glas). This term first appeared in 1409. With this type of ultra-thin, feather-light and absolutely flawless and colorless crystal glass, glassmakers were able to create wonderfully elegant and sophisticated shapes. Thus in the Renaissance, those glass objects were the main source of income of the population of the lagoon city. Only a few pieces from this period have been preserved, but the variety of shapes and designs can for example be recreated by looking at still lifes. Despite the attempts of the Venetian Republic to keep the art of glassmaking a secret, some glassblowers were able to move across the Alps and establish glassworks in the countries north of the mountains. Thereby the enticement of King Louis XVI were decisively. As ‘glass à al façon de Venise’ the Venetian style circulated in Germany, the Netherlands and Flanders, where to this day rich collections have been preserved. Until today, Murano glass is famous worldwide because of its particular fineness; its production is exclusively mastered by the island’s glassblowers.

    Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977)
    Napoleone Martinuzzi was a sculptor, designer and businessman in the glass sector who had studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. For his admirer D’Annunzio he created some works starting in 1917. Martinuzzi was the director of the Museo Vetrario in Murano from 1922 to 1931. He worked for the Succ. Andrea Rioda and founded the Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Venini & C. together with Paolo Venini and Francesco Zecchin. He was the artistic director of the company. After early works of blown glass influenced by his predecessor Vittorio Zecchin, Martinuzzi developed his own distinctive style based on his former experience as a sculptor. He left Venini in 1932 and founded the Zecchin-Martinuzzi Vetri Artistici together with Francesco Zecchin, where he produced refined opaque and pulegosi glasses with a great plastic effect. He took part at the Venice Biennales of 1932 and 1934, as well as at the Triennale in Milano in 1933. (bde)

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